Education and Training:


04/09–04/13: PhD Assistive Technology, University College Dublin, Education (Submitted: Jan 2013; Awarded: April 2013)

Ph.D: ‘Exploring Communication and Representation of the Self in a Virtual World by Young People with Autism’.

Supervisors: Dr. Sarah Parsons (Southampton & UCD Visiting Professor), Dr. Mike Clarke (UCL). Examining virtual worlds and exploring the ways users with autism represent themselves and communicate in-world. Gained extensive experience of case study methodology; measuring users experience and data handling. Examining team Chair: Professor Ciaran Sugrue, Internal: Dr. Suzanne Guerin (UCD), Externs: Dr. Sue Cobb (Nottingham) and Mr. Brendan Tangney (TCD).


08/09–02/10: Masters: Postgraduate Diploma, University of East London (Distinction)

Completed a series of 5 assignments across 2 modules. Work included, research skills, contextual factors, ethics, research process, management and research critical analysis & evaluation.


11/07–04/09: Masters (MA) Higher Education, University of Greenwich (Pass; pass or fail only)

Covered courses such as; Flexible Learning, Understanding Assessment, Cognitive Development and Practice, Course Design and Practice and Evaluation of Teaching. A final year dissertation completed the qualification, titled “Can the use of supplementary audio and video teaching materials support students understanding of 3D Animation?”.


06/04–11/05: Teacher Training: City and Guilds, NESCOT College (Pass; pass or fail only)

Completed stage 1 of the C & G Teacher Training course at NESCOT that helped develop my lesson planning and covered units from learning styles to widening participation in FE.


09/98–06/01: BSc (Hons) Multimedia Technology: Animation and Graphics, Leeds Metropolitan University (1st Class Hons)

Included - 3D Animation, Graphic design, Music technology, Media programming, Project Planning. Degree comprised of various, relevant modules for a wide knowledge of multi-media applications and production. Completed a dissertation based on “Facial Animation Techniques”, published on the University website.


09/97–06/98: Access to HE: Information Technology, Amersham College (Distinction)

Included - Programming (Pascal), PC Networking, Quantitative Analysis, Project planning and a major project in designing an interactive computer database using a high-level language program.


09/89–07/95: A-LEVEL: A-Level: Art and Design (B), Mathematics (C)


GCSE: Art and Design (A), CDT Design and Communication (B), CDT Design (B), Photography (C), Maths (C), English (C)


01/99–Date: Professional Development / Professional Courses:


Academic related development:

March 2014: Vitae, Leadership in Action for Researchers: four-day intensive event in Cumbria.

March 2014 – June 2014: Bath Spa University; Early Career Researcher, six-workshops exploring research trajectories.

April 2013: Bath Spa University – PhD Supervisors Workshop: Supervising research students

June 2013: Bath Spa University – Research Training: Students and projects

Nov 2007: University of Greenwich – Programme Leader Workshop


Technical related development:

2007: 3D Studio MAX (advance) – 2 days

2002: Final Cut Pro (Corps Business.); PhotoShop 7 – For Photographers (Corps Business); Media Project Management (MM)

2000: Media 100 – 3 Days; Avid Xpress (PC DV version/MAC version) - 4 Days



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